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Our Genealogy Helper for Colstrip ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Colstrip (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Colstrip. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Colstrip is located in Rosebud County.

To see how the shape of Montana's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Rosebud County: Big Horn, Custer, Garfield, Musselshell, Petroleum, Powder River, Treasure & Yellowstone.

Below are the counties that are near Colstrip. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Colstrip:

  • Rosebud County     (The home county of Colstrip)
    • Lame Deer [Rosebud County]
    • Forsyth [Rosebud County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forsyth
      • Forsyth [Rosebud County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Colstrip
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,752 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forsyth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forsyth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forsyth<2>
    • Ashland [Rosebud County]
    • Rosebud [Rosebud County]
    • Birney [Rosebud County]
  • Big Horn County
    • Muddy [Big Horn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Muddy
      • Muddy [Big Horn County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Colstrip
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Muddy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Muddy
    • Busby [Big Horn County]
  • Treasure County
    • Hysham [Treasure County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hysham
      • Hysham [Treasure County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Colstrip
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 307 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hysham have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hysham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hysham<2>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Colstrip, see our County-by-County Page for Colstrip.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Colstrip ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Colstrip.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Colstrip. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Colstrip and those printed in the larger area surrounding Colstrip.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Colstrip.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Colstrip:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Montana

Cemeteries Near Colstrip ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Colstrip.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Colstrip covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Colstrip Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Colstrip Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Colstrip Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colstrip Cemetery
  • Lee Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lee Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lee Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lee Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Colstrip.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lee Cemetery
  • Brown Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Brown Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brown Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Brown Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Colstrip.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brown Cemetery
  • Bean Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bean Cemetery
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Bean Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
    • Bean Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Colstrip.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bean Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #20756<5>
  • Lame Deer Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lame Deer Cemetery
    • The Lame Deer Cemetery is a large cemetery that is located outside and to the northeast of Lame Deer.Stated another way, Lame Deer Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Colstrip.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lame Deer Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #20958<5>
  • Muddy Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Muddy Creek Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Muddy Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Muddy Creek Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Colstrip.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Muddy Creek Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #21015<5>
  • Continue List ...
    • Ashland Cemetery
    • Forsyth Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Forsyth Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Forsyth Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Forsyth Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Colstrip.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forsyth Cemetery
    • White River Busby Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the White River Busby Cemetery
      • The White River Busby Cemetery is a large cemetery that is located outside and to the east of Busby.To be precise, White River Busby Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Colstrip.
      • White River Busby Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Busby Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White River Busby Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #20792<5>
    • Rosebud Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rosebud Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rosebud Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Rosebud Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Colstrip.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rosebud Cemetery
    • Two Moon Gravesite
    • Howard Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Howard Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Howard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Howard Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Colstrip.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howard Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

While we didn't find Colstrip in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Colstrip.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Colstrip, with the one closest to Colstrip listed first.

  • Lee [Rosebud County] - Historic
    • While Lee was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lee
    • Lee [Rosebud County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Colstrip
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lee had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lee have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Sabra [Rosebud County] - Historic
    • While Sabra was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sabra
    • Sabra [Rosebud County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Colstrip
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sabra had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sabra have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Lame Deer [Rosebud County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lame Deer
    • Lame Deer [Rosebud County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Colstrip
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lame Deer had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lame Deer
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lame Deer<2>
  • Brandenberg [Rosebud County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brandenberg
    • Brandenberg [Rosebud County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Colstrip
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 16 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Brandenberg had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brandenberg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brandenberg
  • Ashland [Rosebud County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashland
    • Ashland [Rosebud County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Colstrip
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ashland had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ashland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ashland<2>
  • Forsyth [Rosebud County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forsyth
    • Forsyth [Rosebud County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Colstrip
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 308 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,752 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Forsyth had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forsyth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forsyth
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forsyth<2>
  • Rosebud [Rosebud County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosebud
    • Rosebud [Rosebud County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Colstrip
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 43 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rosebud had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rosebud
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rosebud<2>
  • Albright [Rosebud County] - Historic
    • While Albright was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Albright
    • Albright [Rosebud County] was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Colstrip
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Albright had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Albright have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List ...
    • Howard [Rosebud County] - Historic
      • While Howard was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Howard
      • Howard [Rosebud County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Colstrip
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Howard had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Howard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Colstrip. See our List of 1890's Communities around Colstrip.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Colstrip. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Colstrip) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Colstrip. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ColstripOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Colstrip. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8838, Longitude: -106.6267    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Colstrip, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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